Written by: Guest | Best Company Editorial Team
Last Updated: February 24th, 2020
Guest Post by Cristina Miguelez
Your kitchen is one of the most important parts of your home. It’s where you cook, eat, gather, and entertain. It’s also a big part of your home’s value, and how well it’s perceived by others.
That's why each year, Fixr conducts a survey of industry experts to help uncover trends in the home improvement segment. This year’s surveys have included kitchen trends that can help you make the most of your space.
The report can be of value to any homeowner, seller, or prospective home buyer, but the following five trends may be of particular interest to you. If you’re looking to gain the most value for your home through a kitchen update, take a look at these five trends:
Focus on the design
According to experts, the number one reason homeowners want to update a kitchen is due to an outdated or non-functional design. Functional kitchens are easier to use, so they get more use. A home with a functional kitchen with a current design is more attractive as well, which can mean that it’s going to be easier to sell, as well as hold more value.
However, consider this: most homeowners feel that cosmetic remodels will get them the biggest return on investment. For that reason, while function is key, make sure to update your surfaces as well in order to get the biggest boost in value.
Go for granite or quartz countertops
It seems like the list of countertop materials grows every year. Knowing what homeowners want and experts recommend can narrow down your choices.
Homeowners want durable, low maintenance, slab style countertops with granite taking first place and quartz coming in second. While quartz is usually considered the more durable of the two options, and it’s the one that experts most likely recommend and want for their own homes, natural stone like granite is still coming out best in terms of resale. If you plan to sell soon, granite is definitely the better option. If you plan to sell down the road, though, quartz will hold its value better, so it may give you a better long term ROI.
White kitchens, still trendy
Color schemes for kitchens come and go, and it’s crucial not to choose one that could date your kitchen too soon, or one that could be a turn off for potential buyers. When it comes to colors, white kitchens are the hands down winner.
White kitchens are considered timeless and have close to universal appeal. Updating to a white kitchen also means that it won’t become dated soon, holding its value.
If you don’t love the idea of a white kitchen, neutrals come in second place. Keep in mind that neutrals don’t have to mean beige; gray has been a popular neutral for several years now, and taupe, cream, and tan also qualify.
Smart technology for the kitchen is exploding in growth. There are now smart appliances, security systems, and lighting. Experts feel that homeowners will get the most use of smart appliances, but more than 60 percent also say that what homeowners want the most is smart lighting.
Lighting is critical to a good kitchen design, with things like task lighting and undercabinet lighting as well as ambient lighting being included in most designs. Having smart lights means that you could achieve the best illumination for the room, while saving electricity and money at the same time.
Islands, the most popular kitchen layout
There are many different ways to lay out a kitchen. But of all of them, the island kitchen is the most popular. Adding an island to your kitchen design can increase the functionality of the space by providing more storage and counter space as well as a better working triangle. Islands also increase your design options for the room, letting you play more with style.
Islands come in many different styles, shapes, sizes, and designs. They give you a chance to completely change the way your kitchen functions, and they do it in style.
Update your kitchen’s value
Any updates you make to your kitchen will increase its value. These five trends, however, will not only increase its value, they’ll also make the space more usable and functional. They’re also more likely to hold their value long term. If you’re planning a kitchen update, keep these trends in mind as you proceed. And to learn more, be sure to read the full report on kitchen remodeling trends for 2019.
Cristina Miguelez is a remodeling specialist at Fixr.com, a website that connects consumers with service professionals in their area and estimates the cost for remodeling projects. She writes about home improvement tips and trends to help homeowners make better remodeling decisions.